Senate Daily Summary - 3 September 2014

Subscribe to the Senate Daily Summary Updates RSS feed:

No. 53/2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

PDF Icon Download this document (PDF 236KB)

Page menu:  Senators LegislationCommitteesDocuments | Other business | Contact

The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.31 pm


Senator Day and Senator Lambie gave their first speeches


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated and defeated

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures) Bill 2014–second reading debate [first speaker]–defeated at second reading

The following bill was debated and passed

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 [first speaker – second reading] [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

Stop Dumping on the Great Barrier Reef Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Waters


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee–Examination of the annual report for 2012-13 of the Integrity Commissioner [report]

Environment and Communications References Committee–Management of the Great Barrier Reef [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Law Enforcement Joint Committee–Reports–

      • Examination of the annual report of the Australian Crime Commission 2012-13 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]
      • Examination of the annual report of the Australian Federal Police 2012-13 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]

Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 11 of 2014

Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 11 of 2014 and 11th report of 2014

New inquiry

Australia’s transport energy–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2015

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to a motion to extend the reporting date for an inquiry of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Notices of motion

To establish joint select committees

Australia Fund Establishment Joint Select Committee–to report by 30 June 2015–notice given by the Leader of the Palmer United Party (Senator Lazarus)

Trade and Investment Growth Joint Select Committee–to report by 31 August 2015–notice given by Senator Smith

To refer matters to committees

Australian sugar industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 27 November 2014–notice given by Senators Williams and O’Sullivan

Financial advice reforms–Economics References Committee–to report by the first sitting day in July 2015–moved by Senator Dastyari


Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Disallowance motions

Notice of motion

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of motion to disallow the Financial Management and Accountability Amendment (2014 Measures No. 6) Regulation 2014 [F2014L00841]

Documents tabled

Government documents

Letters to parliamentarians relating to the offshore detention of asylum seekers

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Australian National Flag Day–moved by Senator Smith [a statement was made]

Environment–World Ranger Day–Mr Glen Turner–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Health–Eating disorders–moved by Senator Wright

Health–Red Cross Migrant Support Program–moved by Senator Hanson‑Young [a statement was made]

Historical events–Australian Red Cross–Centenary–moved by Senators Nash and McLucas, the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and Senators Lambie, Day, Leyonhjelm, Madigan and Xenophon

Industry–Australian shipbuilding industry–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), at the request of Senator Moore [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Transport–High speed rail–moved by Senator Rice

Motion denied formality

Foreign affairs–Russia–Uranium exports–moved by Senator Ludlam [statements were made]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


The Senate Daily Summary is available at

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate.

Follow the Australian Senate on Twitter: @AuSenate

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available at

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone: (02) 6277 3021